LAKELAND, Fla. - Ruben Tejada was off Saturday, as were most of the Mets' regulars as the "B" squad made the 2 1/2-hour journey across the state to play the Tigers.
Tejada, who had been out with a sore hamstring, looked shaky on Friday in his first exhibition game since Feb. 28. He committed an error and looked sluggish on two other plays.
General manager Sandy Alderson, however, said he doesn't want to put too much stock in Tejada's second game of spring training.
"We saw a little rust [Friday] among a number of players,'' Alderson said. "I don't want to put a microscope on Ruben at this point. Let's let him play a little bit and see where we are.''
Tejada should be in the lineup Sunday when the Mets -- with Zack Wheeler on the mound -- host the Braves at Tradition Field. But Ike Davis (calf) and Lucas Duda (hamstring) will not be, according to manager Terry Collins, who does not know when the first-base candidates will play again. Alderson said he is not concerned that Davis and Duda are not battling it out on the field yet.
"I'd rather have them out in the first half of spring training rather than the last half,'' Alderson said. "We've got lots of time left.''
Comeback kidsMatt Clark's two-run double in the top of the ninth led the Mets to a 3-2 victory over the Tigers.
Juan Lagares went 2-for-3 and is batting .400. Prospect Jacob deGrom pitched two scoreless innings of relief. He allowed one hit and walked one.
Valdespin delayedFormer Met Jordany Valdespin, who signed a minor-league deal with the Marlins, has not yet reported to the club because of problems obtaining a visa from the Dominican Republic.
Valdespin, who was non-tendered by the Mets in December after serving a 50-game suspension in the Biogenesis scandal, was not invited to major-league spring training by Miami.